The ambulance reports that it is transporting a patient to the emergency department who has experienced a full-thickness thermal burn from a grill. What manifestations should the nurse expect?
Severe pain, blisters, and blanching with pressure
Pain, minimal edema, and blanching with pressure
Redness, evidence of inhalation injury, and charred skin
No pain, waxy white skin, and no blanching with pressure
With full-thickness burns, the nerves and vasculature in the dermis are destroyed so there is no pain, the tissue is dry and waxy looking or may be charred, and there is no blanching with pressure. Severe pain, blisters, and blanching occur with partial-thickness (deep, second-degree) burns. Pain, minimal edema, blanching, and redness occur with partial-thickness (superficial, first-degree) burns.
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